Matt Layman

A software creator / Django consultant

  • #Python
  • #pytest
  • #testing

Python Testing 101 with pytest

At Python Frederick this month, I presented the fundamentals of testing Python code using pytest. The recording is up on YouTube and I’ve posted all the material to GitHub.

  • #Python
  • #Ansible
  • #Mitogen

Ansible Cranked to 11

On last week’s Twitch stream, I added Mitogen to my Ansible deploy, and it dramatically improved how fast I could deploy to my site.

  • #SaaS
  • #Python
  • #Django

Building SaaS in January

This month on the Building SaaS with Python and Django stream, we covered completing a 3rd party integration, creating admin dashboards, and how to make automation tools to speed up tedious manual tasks. The stream is on Wednesdays at 9pm ET on Twitch.

  • #Sleep

The Sleepy Developer: How Sleep Affects Your Code

What is the role of sleep in the life of a developer? We’ll look at the importance of sleep and the obstacles preventing devs from getting enough of it.

  • #Python
  • #Django
  • #honcho
  • #Vagrant
  • #Docker

Local web development vs Vagrant vs Docker: What’s right for you?

Web development is full of tools that claim to help you develop your perfect application. What’s the right tool? Let’s explore options like Docker, Vagrant, and honcho to see which tool can work for you on your next (or current) web app.

  • #python
  • #Django
  • #Python Frederick

Django Tutorial Adventure Part 2

What happens when you take a novice web developer and put him in front of an audience equipped with the Django tutorial only? That’s what we did at Python Frederick. The conversation and learning that resulted was awesome. Check out the video on YouTube to see what you can learn too!

  • #AST
  • #analysis
  • #Python

Deciphering Python: How to use Abstract Syntax Trees (AST) to understand code

How does the Python program run your code? How can you understand how your code runs? This post explores Abstract Syntax Trees (AST), a vital part of how Python evaluates code before running it. We’ll use an AST in a practical example to show you how to learn more about your code for your benefit.

  • #Twitch
  • #SaaS
  • #Django

Building SaaS with Python on Twitch

I am now streaming on Twitch. The stream shows how I build a Software as a Service (SaaS) called College Conductor. I explain how to use Python and Django when working on a larger application.

  • #python
  • #mobile
  • #BeeWare
  • #Python Frederick

Build Native Mobile Apps with Python (BeeWare)

You can build mobile applications with Python? Absolutely. At Python Frederick’s October 2018 presentation, Bob Marchese showed us how to use BeeWare, a suite of tools for building mobile apps (among other things). This post includes links to the YouTube presentation and his material.

  • #Black
  • #Code formatter
  • #lint
  • #Python

Consistent Python code with Black

Code is read far more than it is written. By using a consistent style, the readability of a project can improve dramatically. This post focuses on Black, a code formatter, how it can improve your project’s code style, and how you or your team can use it.

  • #Hugo
  • #static site generators
  • #handroll

A tale of two site generators

I switched my website from a custom made tool, handroll, to a very popular static site generator, Hugo. Why would someone switch from something tailor-made to a different tool? I explore what I’ve learned from going my own way for many years.

  • #job
  • #Doctor on Demand

New Job: Doctor on Demand

I’m now working for Doctor on Demand. After four years of working with a great team at Storybird, I’ve joined a new team at Doctor on Demand.

  • #Full Health Developer

Full Health Developer Launch

Full Health Developer, a website devoted to helping developers with their physical and mental health, is now live. I explain why this new site exists.

  • #Django
  • #maintainers

RFNM - Request For New Maintainer

What do you do when you know that you are no longer a good maintainer for a open source software project? You can step away gracefully by requesting help from the community. This post will discuss one way to request that help.

  • #survey

Developer Health Survey

Software developers face physical and mental health issues that arise from creative yet sedentary work. If you are a developer, can you help me identify our community’s biggest issues by answering a few questions?

  • #code reviews

Doing code review

How can you start code reviews on your team? Your team might have questions similar to ones I recently received. I shared my thoughts as someone who has done regular code reviews for years.

  • #Python Frederick
  • #Data science

Data science in Python

How do you get into the rich field of data science and the array of tools that are available in Python? Christine Lee provided an excellent overview of the data science ecosystem. The talk, from the December 2017 Python Frederick monthly event, is full of goodies to check out.

  • #Vim
  • #testing

Supercharging Vim: Instant testing

Automated tests are extremely valuable when writing code. The faster you can get feedback that your code is correct, the quicker you’ll finish a task. In this post, learn how to run automated tests directly in your Vim editor and finish the job in record time.